Codex Born (Magic Ex Libris, Book 2) by Jim C. Hines

By Jim C. Hines

Years in the past, Johannes Gutenberg came upon the paintings of libriomancy, permitting him to arrive into books to create issues from their pages. Gutenberg's strength introduced him many enemies, and a few of these enemies have waited centuries for revenge. Revenge which starts with the brutal slaughter of a wendigo within the northern Michigan city of Tamarack, a original werewolf territory. Libriomancer Isaac Vainio is a part of Die Zwelf PortenÆre, greater often called the Porters, the association based by way of Gutenberg to guard the area from magical threats. Isaac is named in to enquire the killing, in addition to Porter psychiatrist Nidhi Shah and their dryad bodyguard and lover, Lena Greenwood. Born a long time in the past from the pages of a pulp fable novel, Lena used to be created to be the final word myth lady, powerful and lethal, yet formed by way of the wishes and wishes of her partners. Her powers are distinct, and Gutenberg's enemies wish to exploit these powers for themselves. yet their plan may unharness a much darker evil...

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The security man asked which floor I lived on, in which block, and then he showed me the way to the elevator. Surrounded by chrome, mirrors, and conditioned air, I rode up to the eighth floor. I actually felt rather insulted that I lived so low down. Well, I hadn't exactly been expecting the penthouse, but even so ... On the landing-if you can apply that dreary term to a hall with one hundred square feet of floor space-I wandered from one door to another for a while. The fairytale had come to an abrupt end.

And you're alone on the cold battlefield, With no enemies from now on, But the sky presses down on your shoulders, What can you do in this empty desert? But you will wait For what time Will bring, You will wait. . And honey will taste more bitter than salt, Your tears more bitter than the wormwood in the steppes, And I know of no pain worse than this, To be alive among so many who are sleeping. But you will wait For what time Will bring, You will wait. . Catching myself trying to sing along out of tune with the quiet female voice, I tugged off the earphones and switched the player off.

Especially the most likely ones! The Other might be a vampire or a werewolf... " I nodded. "He might be a Dark One," said Gesar. " I didn't say anything. I'd been thinking the same thing. "And most important of all," Gesar added. " I asked. " Gesar asked. "So many Others with broken lives ... so many fine people condemned to live only their short, human lives . . Nothing of the kind has ever happened before. " "Then I'll assume it is possible," I said. "I can't give you any amulets," Gesar advised me.

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